elevated YzEWH July 26, 1927 -May 29, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Antonio D’Amore at the age of 92 early May 29th,2020. He was born Montefalcione, Avellino, Italy, on July 27, 1927. He is survived by his wife Raffaelle D’Amore, his grandchildren Sabrina (Adrian), Matthew (Nicole), and Anthony and great grandchild Amelia and his sister Olimpia who will all mourn and grieve this loss. He was pre-deceased by his two sons Anthony (Tony) D’Amore (Janice) and Luigi (Lou) D’Amore and his siblings Raffaele, Luigi and Michelina.
Antonio immigrated to Canada in the 50’s to build a better life for himself and his family. He lived in Quebec and Northern Ontario by himself raising money to bring his wife over. He learned to speak French and how to cook for himself and was proud of his tomato sauce and spaghetti dinners that he shared with others in the rooming house. He finally settled in Toronto, Ontario and learned English as a third language. After bringing his wife over and starting his family, he sponsored many relatives to come here to Toronto to live with them. He opened his home and his heart to them. After a fall and broken shoulder, he was forced to change career paths and started working at Connaught Laboratories in North York. He started at the bottom and by the time he retired he had worked his way up to the title of Lab Technician working with the animals and was proud to be part of the team involved in the discovery of the small pox vaccine.
Antonio loved to learn and continued to self-educate continually. He loved being busy – he was a hard worker, he had an affinity with animals, loved his gardening and making wine. But most of all he loved spending time with family. Whether it was just a dinner with immediate family or a picnic with many or a fishing trip with relatives, his happiness was evident as he always had a big smile on his face which reached straight through to his eyes. He was a strong man and a kind man. He was always there to help if you needed him and sometimes when you didn’t think you did. He was respected and loved by all and will be sorely missed. His presence enriched all the lives of those he touched.
There will be a short service for immediate family only Monday June 1, 2020 at 9 am at Holy Cross Funeral Home in Thornhill, Ontario and this will be followed by his internment at the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery where he will join his sons. It is with deep sadness that we cannot be together during this global pandemic to honour Antonio and celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s society of Canada.
We all are saddened by this loss & will continue to keep Zi Tottono & all of you in our prayers. I remember family visits to the house, trips to the garage to look for treasure there, playing billiards in the basement, fishing excursions, and summer weekend trips with the entire extended family to conservation area within the greater Toronto area where he would partake in soccer games, playing Italian cards or just contributing to making us all feel welcome & safe. I will miss his laugh, and will always be thankful for having him in our lives.
Our deepest & most sincere condolences for your loss.
The D’Agostino Family
My most deeply felt condolences, Zio Antonio will be in my heart and prayers always.OurCondolencs to Zia Felicia Sabrina, Mathew,Anthony, Janice and Leanne
Raffaelle, vogliamp sperare che Dio ti da tanta forza e coragio in questi giorni del tuo dolore. Condoglianze.
Maria, Antonio Ciampa e famiglia Pagliuca
R.I.P Zio Antonio. Thank you for all the tours to your basement each and every time we all came over to your house to show us the wonderful wood work. You always had a smile on your face. It is time to be reunited with your two sons and other family members.
My deepest condolence and prayers to Raffaella and also to all of the D’Amore family.
Our Sincere Condolences to the D’Amore family. From Teresa Ciampa and family…Diana, Carmela, Antonietta and John
Our deepest condolences to the D’Amore family.
He will be missed by many.
The Baldassarre Family
Totonno – a generous, intelligent, and reasonable man. A man whose council and advice (could be harsh, but always reasoned and fair) I valued.
I will miss you my friend, my mentor.
My condolences to all the family: Raffaela, Olimpia and all the grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Our deepest condolences to all the D’Amore family it was very heartbreaking to have known on a later date that Antonio has passed on he was a wonderful person i got to know Antonio through Raffaela who we know since the year 2000. Antonio was always a warm caring person he was loved by everyone who knew him. He will definitely be missed but never forgotten R.I.P from all my family Dragonetti